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Chrome reigns its pervasive website notification prompts in on Android

An example of a notification prompt in Chrome. (Source: Gadgets To Use)
An example of a notification prompt in Chrome. (Source: Gadgets To Use)
Websites are capable of asking to send notifications in a number of browsers, Chrome included. In this case, they may be particularly capable of disrupting the app's experience as they are markedly large and obtrusive, especially on mobile devices. The latest update to Chrome Canary for Android adds options to restrict or block them.

Google Chrome remains a popular browser. However, there are probably few users who look forward to their next little pop-out about a website's interest in sending them notifications, accessing their location or accessing other permissions. This phenomenon, increasingly referred to as "notification spam", also affects other browsers; however, the design of many Chrome versions on various platforms can make them particularly eye-catching and obstructive when using the app.

This may be particularly true on Android, in which smaller screen sizes make notification prompts emanating from the address bar a potential disruption to mobile browsing as normal. Google has reportedly addressed this issue in the latest "beta" for this OS, Chrome Canary 80.0.3969.0. It contains a new flag for "quieter notification permission prompts".

It can be found by navigating to chrome://flags on this Canary version and searching for it using an appropriate term ("quiet", for example). It offers a menu of options to either convert the prompts to head-up notifications, convert them to smaller info-bars or silence them altogether. As this applies to a non-stable variant of the app, it may be necessary to force stop and re-start it in order to get the new setting to work.

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The new flag in Chrome Canary 80 and its resulting options. (Source: Techdows)
The new flag in Chrome Canary 80 and its resulting options. (Source: Techdows)

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-11-18 (Update: 2019-11-18)